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Draft IHS for importing used equipment associated with animals or water

Update – 28 June 2017

Final IHS issued

Your views sought

From 3 October 2016 to 28 October 2016 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the Import Health Standard (IHS): Used Equipment Associated with Animals or Water.

The draft IHS harmonises existing requirements for the management of biosecurity risks associated with used equipment that has been in contact with animals or water.

Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation document.

Consultation documents

Draft IHS for importing used equipment associated with animals or water [PDF, 422 KB]
Risk Management Proposal [PDF, 315 KB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft IHS by 5pm on 28 October 2016 to

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email 
  • your name and title (if applicable)
  • your organisation's name (if applicable) 
  • your address.

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Animal Imports
Regulation and Assurance Branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the amended IHS is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued IHS is next revised or reviewed.

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After we've considered all submissions, we publish a provisional IHS for 10 days to give authorised people a chance to ask for an independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993). If there's no review, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.

The provisional IHS will be published on this consultation page and other relevant pages on this website.

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available, unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include, it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.

Who to contact

If you have questions about this consultation, email